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Josh Brolin: 'It's humiliating being an actor'

Published 08/07/2016

Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin describes acting as a "fashion of humiliation", and admits he has never once felt comfortable in his job.

Josh Brolin has never felt comfortable as an actor.

The 48-year-old actor has starred in countless films during his prolific career, including The Goonies, Hail, Caesar! and True Grit. But while his success is showing no sign of waning, Josh has revealed in a new interview that there hasn't been a role to date that he has felt confident in inhabiting.

"I don’t feel comfortable. That’s why I’m doing it. I don’t feel comfortable doing any of this stuff for the most part," he said during an interview with Britain's The Independent newspaper. "Hail, Caesar! is comfortable for the most part, as it was. But it’s a hard thing, an unnatural thing. You try walking around talking in an accent, or before you do a scene - it’s hard to get your voice down there because I don’t smoke anymore. So you’re going ‘Yellow letter, red letter. One. Two. Three. One. One.’ And you feel like an idiot. It’s a fashion of humiliation.

"At the end of the day, which is all that really matters, when the movie comes out you hope that people are going to enjoy it and think that what you do is the easiest thing you can do as a profession."

When the interviewer asked Josh what role he would feel comfortable in, the actor replied: "There’s not a role. There is no comfort in it. I know people who were in high school plays who are like ‘Oh my God, isn’t this so fun’, and I never got that. I wanted to, but I never got it."

However, Josh isn't planning to retire anytime soon as there's something about acting that he loves. The chance to adopt different characters and get paid for it is incredibly attractive to him, and Josh added that he is always trying to vary things in terms of the roles he chooses.

"I’m fascinated by the process," he said. "I think going around - travelling to all these places - I think that’s great. In what other profession do you get to do that? I just went to Arizona to learn about firefighting, and I get to completely saturate myself in that sort of stuff, which is totally great. Then I’m going to go play some 50s guy who runs a studio. Then I’m gonna go play a guy who is dealing drugs on the U.S.-Mexican border."

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